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U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut Robert Chatigny '73 has been nominated by President Barack Obama for a seat on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The nomination comes after two seats designated for judges from Connecticut opened in 2009, when Judges Barrington Parker and Guido Calabresi took on the roles of senior judges, according to the Hartford Courant. Senior judges have the same authority but handle fewer cases, the Courant reported.

If accepted to the Second Circuit Court, Chatigny's responsibilities will include handling cases from the states of Connecticut, New York and Vermont, according to the Hartford Courant. Sonia Sotomayor joined the Supreme Court from the Second Circuit Court.

Chatigny has served as a district judge since 1994 and was chief judge of the court from 2003 to 2009, according to a White House press release. He has also worked for the Washington law firm Williams and Connolly and opened his own litigation practice in 1984, according to the press release.


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